What I Didn’t Get (And Wanted)
Many of us, quietly leaving the Christmas tree with only bad sweaters and faux designer fragrances, were a little disappointed. Thankfully, with cash accrued from our more thoughtful relatives, we can still make it back to our college pads armed with something sweet. And with all the holiday sales going on, it is the perfect time to cash in and snag the swag you REALLY wanted for Christmas (or Chanukah or Kwanza).
Not just for housewives and those that regularly make a commute on public transit. At a slightly hefty $259, the avid reader will make his or her money back in no time. Plus, the Kindle is lighter than a paperback, delivers books in 60 seconds, and holds up to 1,500 of them! The Kindle also offers up 390,000 book selections, as well as newspapers, magazines, and blogs. It can also read to you! The battery holds a week with a single charge, and with its sturdy frame and optional warrantee, the Kindle’s shelf life is probably longer than that copy of Catcher and the Rye, threatening to decompose any minute.
Around for a mere two months, as the commercial goes, Droid just “does.” Though it does, well…do…it essentially does many things the iPhone does. However, it gives Verizon customers something similar, and it comes pre-installed with Google Maps Navigation, an Amazon MP3 Store applet, and Verizon Wireless Visual Voice Mail…all features the iPhone lacks. It’s also slightly cheaper at $199. Most interestingly, Droid is a trademark of Lucasfilm, so if you’re a Star Wars fan, yet another reason to get your Droid on.
iPod Touch. If you’ve seen these commercials, I don’t have to convince you of how cool the Touch can be. Ranging from $199 to $399, the Touch acts as computer, MP3, and gaming device. With 100,000 apps literally at your finger tips, be prepared to get hooked. The one drawback to this device is that it’s probably best to go big or go home; true gamers will find the 32 or 62GB version essential.
They’re tiny, they’re attractive, and they record things. Flip boasts the Flip Mino and Flip Ultra, both with HD options. Tiny does mean that they don’t record too much at a time though; each device, depending on which option you choose, records up to 60, 90, and 120 minutes respectively. Starting at $149, it won’t kill your pocketbook either. And joy of joys, if you buy from their site, they give you a free gift.
The Hangover on DVD.
This is for those of you that got the $20 Wal-Mart card fromyour obscure uncle, and have no idea what (aside from paper towels and toilet paper) to spend it on. Tell me this movie wasn’t the funniest thing you saw last year and I’ll rest my case. And ladies, do yourself a favor, Valentine’s Day isn’t far away, so save yourself the trouble of another macramé photo collage of the two of you…give him strippers, missing teeth, and Mike Tyson instead.